Life for Rent

This has been a long week--a long two weeks, actually. I edit financial news releases, and we're in the second busiest quarter of the year. This means working overtime, which is physically exhausting, but more than that, it means hectic, frenetic days in which the phone never stops ringing, deadlines are tight, and the mood … Continue reading Life for Rent

Stay With Me | Why Being Present Makes or Breaks Relationships

The other night I was streaming an episode of the show American Odyssey when an intimate scene between two characters struck me in such a lovely way.  For those of you who don't know the show, it has a "network television series" feel to it and the main plot centers around a female soldier in the middle east who's presumed dead … Continue reading Stay With Me | Why Being Present Makes or Breaks Relationships

Built In Fresh Starts

Every year around this time spring creeps up on me and takes me by surprise: I'm going along, living day-to-day, probably a bit caught up in the grind of work, and have basically accepted the winter chill as an immovable fact of life as I know it...when one day, I wake up and find myself … Continue reading Built In Fresh Starts

5 Months Without Carbs: A Personal Account

For those of you contemplating dropping carbs and processed foods to give the Ketogenic Diet a crack, I thought I'd offer my experiences.  To give you a back drop, I've been on a few different diets through the years.  Generally, my goal has been to try out a new way of eating to see if it … Continue reading 5 Months Without Carbs: A Personal Account

Sugar and Food: an Antidepressant

Every evening and every morning I pop open the lovely Apple News app and scan through the latest news.  One of them talked about sugar and it's addictive properties.  While I'm going to post something on the Ketogenic diet, which I've been on for about 5 months now, I wanted to add to the talk … Continue reading Sugar and Food: an Antidepressant

The Space in Between

“We spend all our energy and waste our lives trying to re-create these zones of safety, which are always falling apart. That's the essence of samsara - the cycle of suffering that comes from continuing to seek happiness in all the wrong places.” ~ Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty Yesterday morning, I sipped my coffee and … Continue reading The Space in Between

Socializing With the Past

Yesterday a dear friend whom I know from graduate school visited from London. Even though I adore her and have been excited about this visit for months, there was part of me that was undeniably anxious as the time to meet up with her drew near. Some of the anxiety was purely logistics--finding her when … Continue reading Socializing With the Past

The Cost of Being “Real”

This week I've been thinking back on the books I loved most when I was a little girl as I tried to decide on a gift for the son of a couple of dear friends. Stuart Little, Le Petit Prince, Rikki Tikki Tavi were some of the first that came to mind--stories of spirited adventures and courage, … Continue reading The Cost of Being “Real”

Being Yourself When Others Don’t Want You To Be

We all hide who we really are, even from ourselves. But why? And how do we start to live in a more genuine way when others may not want us to change?

Filtering Experience

Something I've long puzzled over is the balance between allowing myself to accept undesirable states of mind--fractious moods, low spirits, unmotivated inertia--while also not getting so wrapped up in these states such that I wallow in them. Well, I say I've "long" puzzled over this, but really, it's only been in the last five years … Continue reading Filtering Experience